My love affair with J.Crew cashmere has been decidedly off-and-on. Like most retailers, J.Crew, at one point (years back), had abandoned their truly luxurious cashmere in favor of the thin, everyday stuff, with price points hovering around $100. There were a bunch of retailers involved in this cashmere race-to-the-bottom, and it was this exact reason/frustration that I published our first cashmere guide (in 2018? 2019?) to round up the best, thickest cashmere sweaters on the market. (ps – our new one, The Best Cashmere Sweaters of 2024 just dropped, if interested.)
Anyway, back in 2019, J.Crew didn’t make the cut.
In recent years, however, J.Crew has turned its cashmere game around, and now has a wide range of choices, including thick fisherman sweaters, cable knits, as well as an updated everyday line, all in 100% cashmere. Best of all? J.Crew is firmly committed to inclusive sizing, so all (most?) of their sweaters are available from XXS – 3XL.
What’s New With J.Crew Cashmere? A Review of My 4 Favorite Sweaters
J.Crew’s new line of cashmere sweaters for winter 2024, is, I think, their best yet. The designs are fresh & modern (all hail their ‘shrunken’ styles – they look especially amazing with loose, baggy jeans), the cashmere is deliciously cozy, the details are exactly right, and the range of colors is nothing short of stunning.
Let’s get into it.
Let’s start with J.Crew’s basic, everyday, 100% cashmere sweater. While J.Crew does have a very classic option available as well, I much prefer their newer, Shrunken Cashmere Crewneck. Available in a whopping fifteen different shades (plus two additional striped options, here), this is an everyday sweater with a twist.
I love how this sweater nips in at the waist, shows off the shoulders, yet is roomy through the bust. Plus, it never skimps on arm length. The vibe is that of a cropped sweater, but without showing any skin!. This is easily one of my favorite cuts out there right now. Available in sizes XXS – 3XL.
2. J.Crew Shrunken Cable Knit Sweater
This sweater is a similar cut to J.Crew’s Shrunken Cashmere Crew, but in a thick, cable knit. This one is warmer and thicker, but I’ve noticed that the sleeves are a little tighter, too. This sweater is available in only five shades, but they’re each really saturated and beautiful. The cable knit itself is juuust shy of being considered chunky, and this sweater is definitely soft.
I’ve been wearing this one a ton. The blue is just shockingly pretty, and, oddly enough, pops against black pants (would be a good work outfit), yet looks great with jeans & my navy Adidas, too.
If anyone has been looking for a Jenni Kayne fisherman sweater dupe…J.Crew’s ribbed, oversized cashmere crew is a contender. The knit is thick and delicious, the size range is seriously impressive (XXXS – 3XL), and this sweater is available in eight seriously gorgeous shades (plus one striped option).
The shape of the sweater, however, is a bit different than Jenni Kayne’s (banded waist bottom as compared to a straight bottom hem), and I don’t totally love how this J.Crew sweater looks untucked.
Additionally, for such an oversized fit, I kiiiind of want the sleeves to be a tad bit longer, but that might just be me. That said, I don’t mean to sound negative. Overall, for $228, this cashmere sweater – thick, soft, delicious – is an incredibly solid buy.
Ahhh this sexy little sweater miiiiight be my favorite!! It *is* cropped, though, so I’ll only be wearing it with high-rise bottoms.
Frankly, this sweater is going to be my night-out answer to those pesky hot flashes I’ve been dealing with. And let me be really clear: as long as the bra is black or some other dark color (not nude, tan, brown, white, ivory, etc.) I 100% do not care if it shows.
Like the others, this sweater is made from 100% cashmere, and comes in sizes XXS – 3XL. It’s also available in a really pretty gray (which would look amazing with metallic silver jeans – like these), ivory, and a hot, Barbie pink.
But you know me: I’m a navy gal.